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Morocco’s local elections: Challenges and risks for the PJD
On 4 September 2015, Moroccans went to poll to cast their vote. Despite its local character, the elections represented a first important test for the government of Abdelilah Benkirane. Furthermore, the results hint at the current strength of the coalition government and provide useful trends for next year’s general elections. After the protests in 2011, the resultant reforms and subsequent electoral victory, the Parti de la Justice et du Dévéloppement (PJD) - the Islamist ruling party - maintained its control over the government, suffering only minor setbacks in its four-year rule of the country. Given the growing political instability in North Africa and the increasing threat of terrorism, Morocco seems to represent a factor of continuity in a changing regional landscape.